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    11/19 JP Forum: Tim DeChristopher, Wen Stephenson Panel

    Thursday 11/19 7pm, Jamaica Plain Forum

    Tim DeChristopher, Wen Stephenson, Marla Marcum, Jay O’Hara:

    What We’re Fighting For Now is Each Other:
    Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice

    We are facing catastrophic climate change and yet our political system is incapable of responding. The powerful fossil fuel industry is blocking policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and continuing to build fossil fuel infrastructure even though science is clear that we should keep coal, oil and gas in the ground.

    A growing movement for Climate Justice is adopting nonviolent direct action and strategies of active resistance. What will you do to protect the earth and one another? At this program, we will celebrate the publication of Wen Stephenson’s new book and hear from three leaders featured in the book who have co-founded the new Climate Disobedience Center.

    • Tim DeChristopher, climate activist and co-founder of Peaceful Uprising, also known as “Bidder 70”, served 21 months in 2012 and 2013 in prison for bidding on oil and gas leases in Utah to block their development.
    • Wen Stephenson, Nation correspondent and author of the new book, What We’re Fighting For Now is Each Other: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Climate Justice.
    • Marla Marcum, co-founder, Better Future Project and 350Mass., and co-founder, Climate Summer.
    • Jay O’Hara, Quaker, and captain of the Henry David T, a lobster boat that blockaded coal ship, the Energy Enterprise, in front of the Somerset, MA coal plant.


    Make Your Voice Heard – Sentencing Commission 11/18/15

    Be there 11/18/15 at the State House!

    State House Day of Action
    Sentencing Commission Hearing
    Wednesday November 18, 2015
    10:30 a.m. Room # tba

    Help us move the RMV Collateral Sanctions Bill S.64/H.1429 and Justice Reinvestment Act S.64/H.1429.

    Join us for a short rally and training and demonstrate our presence at the Sentencing Commission. If you or someone you know could testify and strengthen our case for repealing mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, please email: LewFinfer(AT) and erin(AT)

    Background and Next Steps

    A. After the June 9 and October 10 Judiciary Committee meetings, it’s now up to them move the Justice Reinvestment Act as an omnibus bill or in pieces. It seems the Senate is ready to act. We need to reach out to House members and ask them to support the Justice Reinvestment Act S.64/H.1429 and request House Speaker DeLeo to take up our legislation.

    B. The Senate passed a repeal of the Registry of Motor Vehicles fine (RMV Collateral Sanctions Bill) and the waiting period for people with non-driving related drug offenses to regain their driver’s licenses. This bill is a part of the Justice Reinvestment Act and also a single file bill. We must ask House members to request Speaker DeLeo to schedule a vote on this.

    C. The State Sentencing Commission is holding an all day hearing on November 18 starting at 9:30 in Gardiner Auditorium. This is the place to make the case for two sections of the Justice Reinvestment Act: repeal of Mandatory Minimums and reducing some felonies to misdemeanors. Join us at 11:00 am for a short rally and meeting with our legislators prior to the hearing.

    The Justice Reinvestment Act will improve justice and safety, reduce incarceration and invest millions of dollars to create jobs for struggling families. Your involvement is key to the success of ending mass incarceration in Massachusetts.

    Jobs NOT Jails is forming a network of people who are fighting to end mass incarceration and ensure living wage jobs for all people. Please join us! We are working to create powerful actions in small teams.

    Tue. Nov. 10: March with us for Racial and Economic Justice!

    Join the #WageAction Coalition on November 10, as underpaid workers stand together throughout the country for fair and equitable wages.

    When 42% of working people in the United States are paid less than $15 per hour, it means the economy is way out of balance. Wages have remained stagnant for years — hurting families, communities, and the economy. In particular, women and people of color are disproportionately impacted by corporations that refuse to pay fair and equitable wages. On Tuesday, November 10th, one year from Election Day, we’re standing up as workers, voters, and advocates to say we’re with the ‘42%.’ We’ll call on corporate CEOs to raise pay and respect our right to form unions without retaliation. Workers are demanding that elected leaders recognize the need for fair pay, a pathway to citizenship, affordable housing, and that #BlackLivesMatter.

    3:30 PM – Rally at Historic Faneuil Hall – 1 Faneuil Hall Sq. Boston, MA
    4:30 PM – March to the Massachusetts State House


    On October 19, 16 workers at the JP Whole Foods petitioned management for $1/hr raise in the face of crushing workloads, and for improvements to working conditions that were making some of them sick. Four days later Whole Foods illegally suspended Ryan, a cook at the JP store, without pay. Ryan was the first worker to sign the petition.

    Please join Ryan’s supporters at a picket ( of the JP Whole Foods, 413 Centre Street (Jackson Square or Stonybrook T on the Orange Line). Help us tell Whole Foods our community won’t tolerate retaliation against workers who take group action to improve their conditions of employment.

    An Injury to One is an Injury to All!

    Sponsored by the Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM)

    PMA Rally at the State House – Wednesday October 21st; Noon

    Pass Mass Amendment State House Rally Graphic

    PassMassAmendment [PMA] and its supporters will be in front of the State House at Noon on Wed. October 21st, an hour before the 1pm State Constitutional Convention, a joint session in the House Chambers.

    PassMassAmendment is urging residents of the Commonwealth and their elected representatives on Beacon Hill to actively support two Bills in the Massachusetts Legislature which are based on the PassMassAmendment ballot initiative. Like the PMA citizen’s initiative, these bills also propose to amend the State Constitution relative to corporate rights and political spending. Both S.53 and H.933 declare “Corporations Are Not People, and may be regulated. Money Is Not Speech, and may be regulated.”

    The MA Legislature has the power to amend the State Constitution without a citizens’ initiative petition; but the People of the Commonwealth must put pressure on their representatives and push them to take up this critical issue. Many voters are frustrated with politics and feel powerless to effect change. The two days of action have been scheduled to encourage individuals to voice their concern for the status quo and empower them to ask for an electoral process which more fairly represents all constituents. PMA believes that the many voices of ordinary people have the power to make democracy work for the common good, and lead the Nation to salvage what remains of its representative democracy; therefore, PMA is pursuing this two-pronged approach.

    Further information/questions about this ballot initiative may be addressed to: info “at”

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